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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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"In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer." Buffy the Vampire Slayer ran for seven seasons, from 1997 to 2003, and in that time it revolutionized American TV. It was a television series that single-handedly reinvented the high school genre, splicing it with action, comedy, and the supernatural to captivate its core teenage audience while providing enough formal experimentation, existential reflection, and, above...

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Overview

"In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer." Buffy the Vampire Slayer ran for seven seasons, from 1997 to 2003, and in that time it revolutionized American TV. It was a television series that single-handedly reinvented the high school genre, splicing it with action, comedy, and the supernatural to captivate its core teenage audience while providing enough formal experimentation, existential reflection, and, above all, pitch-perfect writing and acting to extend the show's appeal to viewers of all ages.

Anne Billson unravels Buffy's magic, examining her antecedents and influences and exploring how, in a broadcasting environment inimical to long-running series, the show's creators were able to push the envelope and create a fully realized mythology in which fantasy elements are underpinned by emotional honesty. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a superheroine for our times. Not only that, but she's funny as well. Television will never be the same again.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844570898
  • Publisher: BFI Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/15/2005
  • Series: BFI TV Classics Series
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Billson is a film critic and author of several books, one of which (Suckers) is a novel about vampires. She lives in Paris, France.

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Table of Contents

1 Before Buffy 1
2 The chosen one 17
3 Welcome to the hellmouth 27
4 Love and other catastrophes 46
5 The dark side 62
6 Higher learning 79
7 Death and the maiden 98
8 Revenge of the nerds 108
9 Sharing the power 122
10 After Buffy 135
App My favourite episodes 139
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